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Morning Links: Scandalous Frolicking Edition

Jan Steeen, Frolicking Couple in Landscape, after ca. 1665, oil on canvas.


They Said What?

In the ongoing divorce proceedings between the collector David Mugrabi and his wife Libbie, there’s been a new development: a source told Page Six that Libbie caught her husband “frolick[ing] naked” with a woman in the Hamptons, and that the two allegedly had a physical fight over a Keith Haring sculpture. [Page Six]

Some legendary works of art aren’t well-loved from the start, and Lapham’s Quarterly has put together a neat infographic showing how a few pieces were received. For example, did you know that the sculptor Donald Judd once called Andy Warhol’s 1960 painting Campbell’s Soup “not exceptional”? [Lapham’s Quarterly]

The Talent

Apparently, there are Bob Ross devotees, and they want the Joy of Painting host written into art history. Some have even lobbied to have his work added to the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. [Wall Street Journal]

Curator Jennifer Sudul Edwards has left the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s still unclear what her next moves are, and what caused her to leave. [The Charlotte Observer]


The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama will shutter at the end of this month. Some pieces will remain in the collection, though other holdings are set to be “prepared for shipment,” according to one report. []

The Art Institute of Phoenix told students in an email yesterday that it would close this December, offering some clarity to people who had suspected as much since the school announced it would stop accepting applications this summer. []


A major Hassan Sharif retrospective may be on its way to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In a report by the Art Newspaper, the institution said that the show was “under consideration.” [The Art Newspaper]

After having been removed last year by authorities, the Queermuseu is back in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and it is drawing massive crowds. Some 5,000 visitors reportedly showed up to the opening this past weekend. [The Art Newspaper]

Since a show of the Museum of Modern Art’s holdings recently opened at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, the New York Times has a quiz about various happenings in New York and Melbourne. [The New York Times]


Here’s a profile of Masterworks, the company that’s allowing investors to buy “shares” of high-priced artworks. For just $20, you can, for example, claim to be one of the owners of a Warhol painting purchased at auction last year for $1.82 million. [CNN]

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